Which blinds to choose for very large windows?
Finding blinds for ultra-wide windows doesn't have to be a feat. Here are our top tips for choosing the perfect coatings for these kinds of windows.
Are there window coverings for very wide windows?
Yes, even if your home has windows from one wall to the other, there are a number of options available to you. You just have to be careful about what type of products you choose and how they are made. Here are a few examples to illustrate our point:
1. Install two blinds on a box
If your windows are very wide, the weight of the window coverings may be too heavy. By putting too much weight on the structure, you risk damaging your product. To overcome this problem, you can install two blinds on the same box. This will distribute the weight more evenly and prolong the life of your blinds.
2. Go for cordless blinds
Choosing a remote-controlled or cordless lift mechanism is an excellent solution for very large windows. Large horizontal blinds can weaken cords and break them. To avoid this problem, it is better to go for cordless models.
You can choose from cordless, up / down, remote controlled lift mechanisms or our brand new NEO Smart control system for connected blinds. Motorized lifting mechanisms greatly facilitate the operation of very large blinds for very wide windows.
3. Choose vertical blinds
Vertical blinds in Surrey are a classic choice for extra wide windows and patio doors. If the image that comes to your mind is that of vertical blinds from thirty years ago ... erase it! Our vertical blinds are so much more luxurious. We offer a large selection of materials ranging from imitation wood to the most elegant fabrics. You will find the colors and textures that will perfectly match your decorating style.
4. Think about the insulating power
If your windows are really very large and depending on their orientation, it can mean that a lot of light is entering your room. A lot of suns can also mean a lot of heat. Solar shades can reduce too bright light as well as heat entering a room.
You can also opt for cellular fabrics specially designed to trap air. These prevent air from outside entering the room, reducing your energy costs throughout the year.
You just have to ask!
If you're still not sure which products would work best for your extra large windows, start by taking a look at our product categories page where you'll find our top picks for extra wide windows.
What is special about vertical blinds made of fabric?
Fabric vertical blinds are a good and versatile home design solution. You can use them to filter the light in the room, they are located in, or to completely block it. They come in a wide range of different widths, lengths, styles, fabrics, and colours so you can customise them depending on the style of your home. The downside is that fabric vertical blinds are not practical – they lack in the durability department, stain very easily, and gather a good amount of dirt and dust.
What you should know before cleaning your fabric vertical blinds
Before you undertake the task of cleaning your fabric vertical blinds, you need to know the difference between the cleaning methods for wood, vinyl, aluminium, and fabric blinds. This is necessary because you risk damaging your fabric blinds if you choose the wrong one. Wood blinds are treated like regular wood furniture, which means, using dust wipes, a damped cloth, and a special wood cleaning detergent. On the other hand, the aluminium and vinyl ones can benefit from just a bit of dusting. As we’ve discussed earlier, fabric blinds are a bit more tricky when it comes to cleaning.
How to clean vertical fabric blinds
If you don’t feel like wasting energy on removing your blinds, here is a neat idea how to clean fabric vertical blinds without taking them down:
This is what you’ll need:
- A vertical blind cleaning tool;
- Two buckets;
- Some dishwashing detergent or mild soap;
- Essential oil (optional);
- A vacuum cleaner.
In order to clean your vertical fabric blinds, you can make a simple DIY home detergent
Pour some water in a bucket, add a good amount of mild soap, a few drops of essential oil, and you’re done. The idea behind the oil is that it’ll leave a mild scent on the blinds, which will act as a room freshener. Cleaning fabric blinds is very similar to cleaning drapes, or even cleaning upholstered furniture.
So, here is the proper way to clean hanging fabric vertical blinds:
- Vacuum the blinds carefully to get rid of any dust;
- Place a few towels underneath them, so you don’t end up with a wet and slippery floor;
- Prepare your DIY detergent;
- Fill a bucket with clean water. This is going to be your rinse water;
- Soak your cleaning tool in the detergent and start cleaning each blinds slat. Begin from the top and slide it down to the bottom;
- Change both the DIY cleaner and rinse water when you see them turn a brownish colour. This way you avoid transferring the dirt back to the blinds;
- Leave the curtains to air dry.
How to clean mould off vertical fabric blinds
Cleaning mould of vertical fabric blinds requires a bit more back pain. First, you need to take the blinds down and lay them on a flat surface like a table, for example. Make sure to clean the area before putting them there. Get a soft brush and carefully wipe away as much dry mould as you can. After that, with the help of a cloth and some mild detergent, gently run over every blinds slat. Remember to start from the top making your way down to the bottom of each one. Hang your vertical blinds and leave them to air dry.